Farm and rural land workshops / classes    

Low Stress Cattle Handling Clinic For Dairy Producers
Tuesday, August 5, 2014
10:30 am – 12:30 pm
Spring Hope Dairy
2850 County Road 4, Clifton Springs, NY 14432

Mark your calendar to attend the Low Stress Cattle Handling Clinic on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at Spring Hope Dairy in Clifton Springs, NY. This innovative program uses live cow and calf handling demonstrations to inform dairy producers about the importance and benefits of proper cattle handling throughout each lifecycle. Creating and managing movement is the key to effective dairy cattle handling and plays a critical role in both cattle well-being and worker safety.

Led by talented presenter and renowned stockmanship instructor, Curt Pate, this special event focuses on handling methods to improve dairy cattle movement through all parts of the dairy facility. From freestall to parlor, bedded pack and maternity pens, to loading and hauling, special emphasis will be placed on effective cattle handling to improve cow comfort and productivity.

Registration will be at 10:00 am and the program will run 10:30-12:30. The event will take place at the Spring Hope Dairy, 2850 County Road 4, Clifton Springs, NY.

There is no cost associated with the training and a lunch will follow the event.
Preregistration is required. Contact the NY Beef Council at 315-339-6922 or email Carol

This free clinic is sponsored by the Beef Checkoff, New York Beef Council, New York Beef Producers Association and Cornell University Extension.

2014 Cornell Maple Camp
August 13-16, 2014, 2014
Cornell University's Arnot Teaching and Research Forest
611 County Road 13
Van Etten (Cayuta), NY

Provide anyone who wishes to become a maple producer or those with some experience, but seeking to expand their production, products, marketing and profitability through focused and hands-on intensive training that helps them produce maple products with greater efficiency and profitability.

As a result of the workshop, participants will develop the following skills and outcomes:
1. Measure and describe their sugarbush for improved tree growth, health and productivity.
2. Plan, install, and test a tubing system that matches topography and other components of a maple operation
3. Plan and assemble a processing system, including sap storage, reverse osmosis, evaporator operations, filtering and syrup storage.
4. Know which trees to retain and which trees to cut, understand principles of forest dynamics and appreciate the value of directional felling and low impact tree harvesting.
5. Understand the principles for marketing of syrup and value added products to optimize profitability.
6. Be able to analyze your own maple enterprise and develop good business management skills.
7. Become familiar with strategies and options to lease sugarbushes and purchase sap for processing.

Registration and Agenda for 2014 Maple Camp

Master Forest Owner Volunteer Program Training
Wednesday, September 24 – Saturday, September 27, 2014
Cornell University’s Arnot Teaching and Research Forest
Van Etten, NY (south of Ithaca in Schuyler County)

Woodlot owners need other woodlot owners. Cornell Cooperative Extension is looking for a few good forest owner volunteers to meet and work with their neighbors. The NY Master Forest Owner Program is entering its 23rd year and is looking to fill up its new volunteer training workshop. Volunteers who complete the 4‐day workshop will join the corps of 199 certified volunteers across the state.

Sept. 24 – 27, 2014 at Cornell University's Arnot Teaching and Research Forest, VanEtten, NY (south of Ithaca in Schuyler Co.)

Applications due by Aug. 29, 2014

The workshop combines classroom and outdoor field experiences on a wide variety of subjects including; tree identification, finding boundaries, forest ecology, wildlife and sawtimber management, communication techniques, and a visit to a nearby sawmill.

The goal of the MFO Program is to provide private forest owners with the information and encouragement necessary to manage their forests to enhance ownership satisfaction. MFOs do not perform management activities nor give professional advice. Rather, they meet with other forest owners to listen to their concerns and questions, and offer advice as to sources of assistance based on their training and personal experience.

Fee: $125 fee that helps defray lodging, publications, food, and equipment costs of the 4‐day training. Volunteers can commute daily, or free accommodations are available.

Registration and Information and an application are available at: Cornell Master Forest or an information packet and application form can be mailed to you. Please send your name and address to: Diana Bryant, 214 Fernow Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, Phone: 607‐255‐2115, FAX: 607‐255‐0349, E‐mail: Diana

Sponsors: New York Forest Owners Association
NYS‐DEC Lands & Forests
The Robert H. Wentorf, Jr. Foundation
USDA‐NIFA Renewable Resources Extension Program
Cornell Cooperative Extension.

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